April 21, 2018
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Rockland man scheduled to enter plea in car crash that killed woman

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Rockland man is scheduled to enter a plea March 8 in a manslaughter case that stems from a car crash nearly two years ago that claimed the life of a 24-year-old Rockland woman.

The scheduling of the hearing comes four months after a Superior Court judge ruled that statements made by defendant Brian H. Boody while in the hospital could not be used.

Boody was indicted in April 2011 for the May 28, 2010, motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of his girlfriend Morgan Wadsworth who was a passenger in his vehicle.

According to police reports at the time of the crash, Boody was driving east on Sennebec Road in Appleton when he lost control of his vehicle near the intersection of Lilly Lane. The vehicle went off the road and continued traveling along the grass before hitting a pine tree 50 yards off the road. Assistant Knox County District Attorney Chris Fernald said after the indictment was issued that speed was a factor in the crash but that alcohol was not.

The indictment states that Boody was criminally negligent in the death of Wadsworth.

Fernald was not available Monday to comment on the plea hearing scheduled for March 8 in Knox County Superior Court. Defense attorney Justin Andrus of Topsham declined to comment while the case was pending.

Boody was seriously injured with broken bones. He was taken to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport before being transferred to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm ruled in October that statements made by Boody to Maine State Police Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock less than 24 hours after Boody underwent surgery with general anesthesia could not be used. Boody was receiving morphine intravenously during the 45-minute interview with the trooper, according to the court records. The defense had argued that the statements could not be considered voluntary because of his emotional and medical condition. Justice Hjelm also pointed out that the trooper did not use intimidation or improper persuasion to get the statements.

In December, the defense also filed a motion seeking sanctions against the prosecution for not providing the defense with information it twice had requested. The information was for all speeding summonses issued to drivers in Knox County in which the speed limit was 50 mph or less.

The court had not ruled on that motion before the plea hearing was scheduled.

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